Cloaks #1
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Cloaks #1

Writer: Caleb Monroe Artist: Mariano Navarro Publisher: Boom! Studios Release Date: September 3, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 18
7.1Critic Rating
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In the Big Apple, a highly skilled street illusionist named Adam blows the minds of crowds with logicdefying acts, while surreptitiously using his artistry to steal from corrupt Wall Street investment bankers and redistribute their illbegotten wealth to those in need. He's a modernday Robin Hood, but his travails garner the attention of the local authorities. While evading their pursuit, Adam is confronted by three suits and quickly ascertains that freedom has a cost-in order to maintain his liberty, he must join this clandestine Black Ops organization simply known as CLOAKS.

  • 8.6
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Sep 3, 2014

    Cloaks #1 has a lot of potential for a mini series focused on exposing the real magic of illusions. All this creative team has to do is make sure we know who Adam is behind the mask, give us a plot that we understand, and gives us mysteries that can be solved within the span of these four issues. Adam is a likable character and the concept is interesting enough for you to invest your time in. How will Adam handle working with this clandestine Black Ops organization? Only way to find out is to pick up the next issue of Cloaks. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    BGCP - Ian Bonar Sep 3, 2014

    A brilliant start to the story of Cloaks Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    We The Nerdy - Kevin Pourmostofi Sep 2, 2014

    Overall, the story was very good, with plenty of plot twists along the way that kept me alert. The art could have been better, but was OK nonetheless. I'd recommend picking this up, acknowledging the flaws but simply reading and enjoying the story as it is interesting and a breath of fresh air to read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall Sep 11, 2014

    Cloaks is a story that combines magic of the “stage magician” variety (as opposed to Dr. Strange/Zatanna “supernatural magic”) with action and intrigue. While I've long been a fan of magic, I never studied magic, so it was here that I learned the six basic magic effects: Vanish, Production, Simulation, Escape, Penetration, and Prediction. These limited effects can be combined to create any magic trick or act. The trick in this issue was making me care about the characters, and want to come back for more. To do this Monroe combined the 3 storytelling effects of: solid setup/establishing the characters, story hook, and cliffhanger. Viola! Trick accomplished! I'm looking forward to reading the second issue! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek Sushi - Stephen Poferl Sep 2, 2014

    I love reading and reviewing books like this because they give a break from the explosions and muscles that are so common between the staples. Don't get me wrong, I love a good brawl sequence, but sometimes I just need to root for the little guy. Here here little guy! Happy reading! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Sep 6, 2014

    Overall, this is a comic that will likely fly under the radar for a lot of people, but it's definitely worth seeking out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Peter Schmeiser Sep 30, 2014

    Since the majority of magic-related comics eventually involved supernatural plots and otherworldly arcana, its nice to see an appealing comic about magic that is exciting and engaging. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Tyrone Selby Sep 2, 2014

    The writing and story plot is pretty good as well. If I had to describe Cloaks, it would be a lighter toned version of the story of Robin from DC's Batman. I can genuinely say that I am looking forward to reading what happens within the next three issues! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Draven Katayama (loudlysilent) Sep 4, 2014

    This miniseries deserves more than four issues to slow down the pacing. Monroe and Navarro spin a fun mystery around a suave, intriguing protagonist. Read Full Review

  • 7.4
    IGN - Jeff Lake Sep 4, 2014

    Magic or not, four issues is a short time to tell a story, yet Monroe and Navarro appear fully equipped to pull a winner out of the hat. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Graphic Policy - Matt Petras Sep 6, 2014

    It's far from a bad comic, but not something that impresses more than a few times throughout the read. It's decent. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Capeless Crusader - Dave Buesing Sep 2, 2014

    Im hoping Cloaks will take more chances as the 4 issue miniseries progresses. Theres potential for a great adventure/heist/magic mash-up within these pages, and to its credit, the first issue largely sets the scene for the action to come. That said, I think Monroe and Navarro are at their best in this issue when theyre experimenting with the form and letting the magic of comics take control. Heres to hoping “Cloaks #2″ has more behind the curtain. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Ian Stephen Sep 2, 2014

    Cloaks shows signs of promise and has a decent lead character. This series will be more of an acquired taste for some people. If you're a reader who doesn't really like stories about magicians might not enjoy this. However when it does come to the magician genre, Cloaks is starting off as one of the best. This was a good start but we will have to wait and see what the next issue has in store. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Marykate Jasper Sep 8, 2014

    "Cloaks" #1 is the first of only four issues, so I'm excited by how it makes the most of its pages. With the groundwork now established, however, I hope that the creative team feels the freedom to be more subtle going forward. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Andr Habet Sep 3, 2014

    The end page shouldn't come to a surprise to anyone, but since my library probably won't be getting The Magician's Land for another month I'll check in next issue to see if things pick up once Adam officially the Cloaks organization. Here's hoping he doesn't end up acquiring super strength. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Nerdophiles - Ashley Leckwold Sep 12, 2014

    In magic terms,Cloaks #1is definitely the pledge. We don't know what exactly is going to happen with the story yet, but we're presented with a clear set up that builds a strong foundation for whatever comes next. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Multiversity Comics - Michelle White Sep 5, 2014

    All told, "Cloaks" is an enjoyable if somewhat saccharine read " fun if you don't feel like thinking too much. If anything, the final page signals a more ethically ambiguous line of work for Adam, and if we get to see his character dirtied up a little, it can only be to this series' benefit. As things stand, though, this issue is a little too predictable to make an impression. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    TheCultDen - Reece Morris-Jones Sep 12, 2014

    In the end its not as if Cloaks is bad. It's just average. Those interested in its subject matter will love it and I can't say you shouldn't check it out. I'm just not sure if I would recommend it either. Let's hope later issues get better. Read Full Review

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